Where are the Clancular 2nd-Time-Around Archives?

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Dear Artwiculate Programmers!

If you are going to repeat words you MUST work out how to differentiate (after the event) between EG: Clancular for the 18th November and Clancular for the 17th August

OR just don't repeat!

(It'd be nice if you could get the definitions right as well.)
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  • a tad irritated

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Miranda Joubioux

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I have to admit it's strange to play on a word and then not see the results.
I didn't play the first time round, so it took me some time to cop on.
The question that comes to mind then is, are the points taken into account in the overall scoring system? They don't seem to be.

I don't mind you getting definitions wrong, but as TheSuperCargo says, you should at least work out how to distinguish the two.
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Thanks for the support, Miranda.
:)
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Harry Arp

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I have no problem with it. I believe in second chances. Maybe three strikes out, but that's another story...
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Silia J. Hatzi

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Dear John:

Thank you for posting this, as the issue of the incorrect definitions especially seems to be a source of aggravation for numerous players resulting in voluminous and not always courteous commentary regarding such in the tweet stream.

It does not not irritate me to not see the archives of the Top 50 winners but certainly I'd prefer to be able to :-)

In regard to the incorrect definitions: You may find this hard to believe, but in my observation from having played daily for over a year except when on vacation, we have LESS incorrect uses of WOTD since Artwiculate started posting incorrect definitions.

Meaning, it seems to me that players now seem to be on their toes about the possibility of the definition being incorrect and investigate such on their own more than they did before. This practice has resulted -in my observation- in far less incorrect uses of words. By incorrect use, I mean that before Artwiculate's unpredictability of tongue-in-cheek definitions, verbs were more apt to be used as nouns, nouns as adjectives, and nuanced applications such as verbs needing to be used with an object were ignored (excepting of course obvious & deliberate word play such as puns, etc.) Also, by not researching a word beforehand, it seemed to me that it was easier to miss the etymological or other word play on semantics that some players indulge in, id est, allusions to drum playing or caste for "pariah", etc.

When I was discussing this matter with Marianne (@MazPowles) a while back, she suggested that she would prefer it then if Artwiculate posted no definitions in order to motivate players to research all words.

My experience of playing the game is enhanced when a majority of the players have researched the word beyond a one-sentence definition because such seems to me to contribute to our having a greater diversity of subject matter, play, humor, etc. in tweets. I therefore prefer whatever measure motivates us all to research the words. I like Marianne's idea a lot and I also welcome anything that motivates players to get to know a word well when tweeting it.

I realize that the aforementioned opinion may indeed cast me as a pariah, since it's not lost on me that incorrect definitions irritate several players :-) At the risk of cementing such, let me also confess that I find the incorrect definitions a source of amusement in themselves as they seem deliberately chosen to be a plausible but farcical definition of the WOTD and it seems certain to me that such is no error but a playful prank :-)

Regarding the repetition of words, I too would prefer that we get new words, but as always, I am forgiving of infrequent errors in a game that I cherish and is made available to me to play for free.

Yes, I know: my Pollyanna perspectives can be irksome :-)

Best regards to all.
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Regarding the repetition of words: my philosophy in life is such that when we get a repetitive word I see it as "a message from the Universe". Even when displeasing stuff happens I try to to look at it as how such may be of service to me. In the case of clancular I'm ashamed to admit that I did not remember what the word meant even though I had played it. I was therefore grateful to be taught it again, even though I did not particularly like the word.
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I have no problem with wrong definitions either. It keeps us on our toes and teaches us not to take things at face value.
(I am so lenient today... Definition of lenient: quick and light in motion, agile, marked by quick, alert, clever conception, comprehension, or resourcefulness)
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No one has mentioned the parallel definitions in parallel dictionaries in parallel universes yet.
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Silia J. Hatzi

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True; we need them for Lazarus Long tweets.
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Hey Guys! (I mean Sillia and Harry.)

The comment about definitions was just an aside. I can put up with whatever Art and Wicca throw at me.

I don't even mind words coming around again.

It's the disappearing indexes that irritate. It surely can't be that difficult to index EG:
http://artwiculate.com/words/clancular
http://artwiculate.com/words/clancular2
http://artwiculate.com/words/clancular3
etc.

C'mon!

(And - this is another aside - what about cross-language defintions? Is Harry becoming soft? len (Sw) = soft (Eng))
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Very soft. I finally get it. Your archives refers to the Artwiculate indexes. Hadn't looked at their page yet. (Word of the day on 17 August 2010.... Haha, brings back Summertime memories!)
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Ooops, sorry, John. Yes, OK: "Baaad disappearing indexes! Abracadabra... poof! Manifest into being indexes, please! Au bien tot!" (Just trying to practice the Wicca part of Art ;-)

Cross-language definitions! Yes! Thank you for "len", John!

In Greek "soft" (male masculine, singular) is "malakos" (accent on last syllable). Not to be confused with "malakas" (accent on second syllable ;-) The which I'd define; if such definition was not in danger of being expurgated ;-)
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I'm sure your magic will make all the difference!
:)
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I agree with the view that Artwiculate ought to give the results correctly for a repeated word.

I'm not bothered any more by the incorrect definitions. In fact, I regard myself as a barometer of this : if I don't know the word, nearly always the meaning is wrong, but if I do know it, it isn't!!
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repeat words = frustrating
not being able to see the scores for all of the days a word is the WOTD = really ultra frustrating